Tech skills needed in IT industry

 words PHOTO:
words PHOTO:

Growing up in Khayelitsha, I was not readily exposed to the internet; as such terms like Google were foreign to me.

It was only at varsity that I was introduced to this phenomena called Google. Because of this disadvantage, I even failed my first term End User Computer class.

Fortunately, I have recovered from that setback and I can joke about it now.

Fast-forward to 2016, I’ve blogged, socialised, studied, created a website, sold and bought stuff using a computer.

After a few years in IT, I have come to realise that if you not exposed earlier on to technology, trying to get to grips with it can be quiete an intimidating experience.

I have met clients who are both keen to learn as much as possible and willing to embrace the new opportunities that technology brings to their businesses and others who are completely terrorised by technology.

Sadly, our education system and the lack of resources in most schools still produces computer illiterate individuals, however, I believe that technology needs to be the norm and not the privilege.

Technology is everywhere and in everything we do; shopping, banking, studying, socialisation and communication.

Yet our urban and rural school children continue to complete their secondary school levels without even an introduction to basic computing.

At a time when even university registrations and applications are done online, what does the future hold for these young people? What does it mean for Small Business owners who cannot reach beyond their immediate communities because of computer illiteracy?

Yet government agencies or departments have all these nice services like e-filling and e-learning. Most of us have seen and experienced what is possible through technology, but millions of young South Africans are still languishing in illietracy when it comes to technology.

It should be our responsibility to empower and equip young people with information and skills that have the ability to turn each of us into an entrepeneur.

Nelson Mandela once said “Education is the most powerful weapon one can use to change the world,”.

Sompisi IT Solutions invites the departments of Education, Labour and Social Development to partner and support our initiative that strives to create long term employment goals for young people.

We also call on the industry giants and others to partner, engage and contribute in diversifying the skills in our currently technologically challenged communities.

We also invite other SMME owners and employees within the ICT field to mentor, coach and transfer their skills and knowledge to equip these young people with practical experience.

This an invitation to young people looking for an opportunity to work, learn, teach or start a business in the field of computers and information technology.

For interested parties or individuals , the criteria is that they must be Computer literate Matriculants between 2012 and 2015 or unemployed graduates who studied IT.

They must live walking distance from a Primary or High school. Must be willing to learn, be motivated and focused, creative and confident. Email: info@ sompisi-it.co.za

. Mbele is MD of Sompisi IT Solutions.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
When planning for the Black Friday sales do you:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Save, research and plan ahead, preparing to make the most of it?
7% - 988 votes
Wait and see what looks like a good deal on the day?
14% - 1878 votes
Have no interest in spending more money this year?
79% - 10539 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.20
(-0.63)
ZAR/GBP
20.32
(-0.45)
ZAR/EUR
18.12
(-0.61)
ZAR/AUD
11.20
(-0.65)
ZAR/JPY
0.15
(-0.78)
Gold
1809.97
(+0.12)
Silver
23.29
(-0.15)
Platinum
963.00
(+0.40)
Brent Crude
48.73
(+1.57)
Palladium
2368.48
(+2.46)
All Share
57923.69
(+0.31)
Top 40
53084.13
(+0.27)
Financial 15
11645.28
(+0.04)
Industrial 25
79993.34
(+0.20)
Resource 10
52790.93
(+0.35)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo